"This is an absolutely spell-binding read. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this!
--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of "When Elephants Weep" and "Assault on Truth"
After raising her “4+2+1” brood—four kids, two stepkids and one unofficially adopted Ethiopian daughter— Diana Bletter faced an empty nest. What would she do now? And more importantly, who was she now?
With nothing left to call her own, she decided to ride a motorcycle (with her husband on his motorcycle) from Long Island up to Alaska and back again. Only one slight problem: she’d never been on a motorcycle before.
With six motorcycle lessons’ worth of experience, she took off, traveling across a continent, and then up the Alaska Highway, a road that is “sometimes dangerous, often unpredictable, and always saddled with the solitude of a frontier trail.” She confronts fierce winds, grizzly bears, helmet hair—and her husband, alone with him for the first time in what seems like forever.
Full of spiritual insights, observations and humor, The Mom Who Took Off on Her Motorcycle captures the way two people, madly in love and yet so different, learn to count on each other and rediscover their passion—despite an accident that almost tears them apart. This story of a 10,000-mile journey to the Great White North is the inspiring tale of how one woman takes off to discover who she was before she had children and to find out who she could still become.
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About the Author
Diana Bletter’s writing appears in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, tabletmag.com, and other publications. She is the First Prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest, and her novel, The Witches’ Secret, was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award. Her stories have appeared in The North American Review, The Reading Room and Watchword. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with photographs by Lori Grinker, was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Her memoir, The Mom Who Took Off On her Motorcycle, has just been published. "A spellbinding read," wrote Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Assault on Truth and Why Elephants Weep.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Parts of this book made me cry and parts made me laugh out loud. This book is the woman's answer to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and so many women will be able to relate to Bletter's search for answers and meaning to her life. It's a fabulous book club book.